Question of the Week #46: Childhood Favorites
To celebrate this week's release of Where the Wild Things Are, based on the classic children's book, tell us: what was your favorite book as a child?
The Little Engine That Could
Oct 12, 2009 12:10 pm
Where the Wild Things Are
Oct 12, 2009 12:17 pm
Anything by Roald Dahl, I was obsessed with his books when I was younger...probably still am!
Oct 12, 2009 1:38 pm
Depending on my age Beatrix Potter, then Enid Blyton and then Roald Dahl.
Did Beatrix Potter or Enid Blyton make it over to the states?
I must admit, despite my gender, I did also enjoy Judy Blume books during my awkward teen years :)
I never cared for Dr Seuss though. The repetition always annoyed me and I wished he would just get on with the story.
Oct 12, 2009 2:30 pm
Anne of Green Gables is still my favorite after all these years.
Oct 12, 2009 4:38 pm
Nancy Drew!!! Best girl detective around!!!
Oct 12, 2009 8:33 pm
In the Night Kitchen
Oct 12, 2009 11:23 pm
I loved Enid Blyton when I was growing up and still reread some of my favourites from time to time.
@cresswga - My mother was born in England and she saved me all of her Enid Blyton books from her childhood so I'm not sure if they were available in book stores in Canada at the time. None of my classmates had heard of her.
Oct 13, 2009 11:14 am
A few others I remembered although these were more favourites of my mum who passed them on to me were:
Anthony Buckridge's Jennings stories set in a British boarding school
Richmal Crompton's William stories about an 11 year old boy who was always getting in trouble
...and lastly some books that I am lucky enough to still have which are Ivy Wallace's Pookie books about a rabbit with wings. They were gloriously illustrated but there doesn't seem to be a lot of information on line about them. They were marvellous books.
Oct 13, 2009 3:44 pm
"Lodestar, Rocketship to Mars", by Franklyn M. Branley, which I read in elementary school. It wasn't the first book I read but it's the one I have the fondest memories of from back then.
Oct 13, 2009 3:54 pm
Roald Dahl mainly Danny the Champion of the World or Boy, i could still read those two over and over!
and Rainbow Garden, by Patricia St John
Oct 13, 2009 4:27 pm
Pookie! My Mom read to me from Pookie books that had been hers when she was young. My grandma also read old-school favorites like the Old Mother West Wind short stories, and Uncle Wiggly.
Another book that I was crazy for, mostly for the illustrations, was The Little Peacock's Gift. :)
Oct 14, 2009 1:01 pm
"This Room is Mine" by Betty Ren Wright. About 2 sisters who use a jump rope to split their bedroom down the middle. It was appropriate at the time because I shared my room with my younger sister and we were SO DIFFERENT from each other. I also liked Roald Dahl books.
Oct 14, 2009 2:17 pm
Speaking of Old Mother West Wind, those books are available from the Thornton Burgess Society site: http://www.thorntonburgess.org/index.htm Perhaps it's time for a Burgess revival.
Bhob @ Potrzebie: http://potrzebie.blogspot.com
Oct 14, 2009 7:51 pm
Roald Dahl and La Fontaine. I used to draw their stories. And Turkish writers like Muzaffer İzgü. He had a serial of books about a child and his grandmother.
Oct 15, 2009 8:27 pm
I was an Enid Blyton fan, mainly The Famous Five and Secret Seven. Definately going to hunt them down for my children, when I have some!! :)
Oct 16, 2009 2:36 am
The Giving Tree
Oct 17, 2009 6:07 pm
Oct 18, 2009 1:37 am
All of the Thornton Burgess books. My mother read them as a child and passed them on to me.
Oct 18, 2009 1:23 pm
Pickle Chiffon Pie
Oct 19, 2009 1:44 pm
The Secret Garden
Oct 19, 2009 8:55 pm
Allumette by Tomi Ungerer
Oct 20, 2009 1:53 am
When I was really little I liked Goodnight Moon! And Two Bad Ants! And Where The Wild Things Are!
Oct 20, 2009 11:43 am
Harriet the Spy- I named my daughter after Harriet. As a small child I loved The Munch Bunch books.
Oct 20, 2009 12:36 pm
The Secret Garden, Pippi Longstocking, and Harriet the Spy--I love a girl hero.
Oct 20, 2009 3:26 pm
'The Three Investigators' series; The Adventurous Four (Enid Blyton series); there was also one about some children in boat who get sucked through a whirlpool into another world, that I would love to read again, but I can't remember the title or author!
Oct 20, 2009 3:59 pm
As a young child, I loved the Little Bear book - where Little Bear goes on adventures: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bear-Can-Read-Book/dp/006024240X/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0
Oct 21, 2009 11:21 am
The Pokey Little Puppy
Oct 21, 2009 1:57 pm
I loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Our teacher read it to us when we were in third grade and I read it on my own several times after that.
Oct 21, 2009 2:44 pm
Hands down, its Charlotte's Web for me.
Oct 21, 2009 3:19 pm
Harold and the Purple Crayon did it for me. Oh what would that crazy Harold draw next to get him out of the mess he drew himself in to?
And then, The Phantom Tollbooth. Even more fun to read it to each of my 3 kids later on to fully appreciate the brilliance of the writing. Having to deal with the Doldroms, Someday Isle, and needing to avoid Jumping to Conclusions - Love it!
Oct 21, 2009 9:40 pm
The Secret Garden, Frances Burnett.
Oct 22, 2009 8:00 am
Drummer Hoff by Barbara and Ed Emberley.
Oct 22, 2009 10:10 am
By today's standards my childhood library (in the early 60's) was miniscule, but we were fortunate enough to own Lynd Ward's "The Biggest Bear" , and I loved it EVERY day!
Oct 22, 2009 11:39 am
The Famous Five
I longed for the adventure and mystery that they had in my life!
I absolutely hated all the Doctor Seuss books, especially the Grinch, they frightened me =)
Oct 22, 2009 11:52 am
The Berenstain Bears
Oct 22, 2009 3:45 pm
My mother read Grimm's Fairy Tales to me. I had nightmares about witches, apples, wolves, getting lost, candy, billy goats, giants, and trolls. When I learned to read, I chose books by Dr. Suess.
Oct 22, 2009 6:04 pm
My favorite book as a child was "The Little Red Hen". Then as I got older I loved the Bobbsey Twins.
Oct 23, 2009 7:00 am
As a young girl I would sit under our front or backyard tree ( like Alice in wonderland,) and read for hours onend but my favorite go to book when I couldn't get to the library was the Secret Garden. I could read that book as if it were scripture and feast on the adventures of Mary and her quest go bring out the beauty not only in the garden but also in Master Collin and herself. I was mesmerised of the robin and his protection of Mary. Strictly speaking, I wanted to live with Mary just so I could have the adventure from her! I still love the book and still read it every year, and have found joy in passing Mary's adventures on to my own daughter!!!
Oct 23, 2009 9:02 am
The Giving Tree
Oct 23, 2009 9:30 am
The Giving Tree.
Oct 23, 2009 11:49 am
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrob
Oct 24, 2009 7:16 pm
Are you there God, It's Me Margaret...
Oct 24, 2009 7:17 pm
The Little Engine that Could. I see that "kats4515" posted the same book.
Oct 26, 2009 8:44 am
The Freddie the Pig books by Walter Brooks and Laurie Ingalls Wilder's books, Little House on the Prairie, etc.
Oct 26, 2009 5:45 pm
Way too many to name! I loved anything by Roald Dahl ("The Big Friendly Giant" was a favorite), the Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, so many more, I'd read anything when I was a kid!
Nov 17, 2009 9:00 am
Depending on my age it varied, when I was little I loved the Berenstein Bears, I even collected them. Then in elementary school I had moved on to Sweet Valley High and R.L. Stine (not goosebumps then my friends...it was all about Fear Street!), and I loved "Summer of my German Soldier"!. High school I began V.C. Andrews and also began to love some of the books I had to read for school: "The Mysterious Stranger" by Mark Twain, anything by Shakespeare, "Night" by Elie Wiesel and others.
Nov 17, 2009 4:22 pm
Sir Kevin from Devin. Think it was my older brothers book, for some reason I became enthralled.
Nov 17, 2009 4:38 pm
I'm in the process of compiling a list of the "Great Books" of children's literature, so this is a very interesting question for me! A few favorites from when I was about 10...
Anne of Green Gables
the Little House on the Prairie series
A Wrinkle in Time
A Little Princess
Nov 17, 2009 7:01 pm
Like Cyfriniaeth, I loved anything by Thornton Burgess when I was very small and my mother would read to me. Later, I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Barsoom stories of Mars.
Nov 17, 2009 10:59 pm
The Pokey Little Puppy
Make Way for Ducklings
Green Eggs and Ham
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Oz books
The Phantom Tollbooth
Nov 19, 2009 2:49 am
The Little Lame Prince, about a little boy that couldn't walk. However, he set off on an important quest with the help of a magic carpet that would take him anywhere. The book was very well written, and I was surprised, because I was used to short and choppy stories. This was great literature, for children.
Nov 25, 2009 4:25 pm
Wrinkle in Time and the rest of the series, Nancy Drew, Scarlet Pimpernel, Boxcar Children, Wind in the Willows, Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe and his others. Thornton Burgess was a bit cute for me. Peter Rabbit was good but the girls were all sissies! By 8 I had finished the children's books and they let me move "up" to adult books with some interesting results.
Nov 27, 2009 3:51 pm
I had so many! I loved the Roald Dahl books - they always kept a smile on my face...but I think my most favourite was 'Dial a Ghost' by Eva Ibbotson...I don't know why, but I've always loved that book!
Nov 28, 2009 10:41 am
oh, you should not have mentioned all those!
I loved "Understood Betsy"!
But also everything from Astrid Lindgren, Enid Blyton, Erich Kästner, the "Little House"-series, ...
Now reading to my own children, we discover the "Pettson and Findus"-stories
Dec 15, 2009 4:07 pm